A Brief Guide to Braking Systems and Brakes in Northampton
July 15, 2022

Brakes on cars and motorcycles rely on friction to operate. The kinetic energy caused by the movement of the vehicle is converted into heat when the brakes are applied. However, more advanced brakes in Northampton turn kinetic energy into electricity, which a car can use for increased fuel efficiency. 

Here’s a quick overview of the various types of braking systems and Brakes in Northampton today. 

Hydraulic Brakes 

Reliant on fluid, cylinders and friction, hydraulic braking systems are the cheapest and most common. The chances of hydraulic brakes failing are very small, and the power they’re capable of applying to wheels makes them highly efficient. 

Electromagnet Brakes

More and more electric vehicles and advanced, modern cars are being fitted with electromagnetic brakes. Rather than using friction the way hydraulic systems do, electromagnetism is used to counteract the motion of wheels. This system is highly efficient and easy on braking system components. But while maintenance is almost non-existent, the initial cost of an electromagnetic braking system is often prohibitive. 

Servo braking systems

Servo brakes rely on the pressure of a vacuum to slow down a vehicle’s wheels. What makes this particular system so efficient is the fact that internal combustion engines already create the vacuum needed — via either the air-intake system in a petrol engine or a vacuum pump in a diesel engine. 

Mechanical braking systems

Mechanical braking systems are, by today’s standards, crude and inefficient. Force is applied directly from the brake pedal to the brake disc via a series of mechanical components such as rods, fulcrums and springs. Nevertheless, similar systems are still used as part of the average vehicle’s handbrake system. 

Drum and Disc Brakes

There are two main types of brakes in Northampton — drum and disc brakes. A drum brake involves the use of shoes or pads that exert pressure on a rotating drum in order to create the friction needed to stop a vehicle. Disc brakes are made of cast iron in most vehicles; however, they are made from composite materials in a growing number of modern cars. Brake pads are pressed against both sides of each disk in order to slow down the vehicle. 

A Brief Guide to Braking Systems and Brakes in Northampton

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A Brief Guide to Braking Systems and Brakes in Northampton
A Brief Guide to Braking Systems and Brakes in Northampton
A Brief Guide to Braking Systems and Brakes in Northampton